Greece is not just about the sun, beaches, and warm sea baths… The monuments of ancient and Byzantine Hellas can be explored all year round. If you want to savor a different Greece without the heat and tourist crowds, don’t wait any longer and join us today. Historical Greece is within your reach.
Culture and history
Flight to Athens
Historical Greece is a place that will capture everyone’s heart. We will start our adventure with passport and baggage check-in, heading to Athens to begin exploring this historically rich country. The winter season will reveal Athens in an entirely different light.
After arriving in Athens, we will take a stroll to Plaka, the oldest district in the capital of Greece, located in the city center. We will also explore some of the oldest Byzantine churches in the city, including Panagia Kapnikarea and Mikri Metropoli. Historical Greece will begin to reveal its beauty to us. Overnight stay in Athens.eg w Atenach.
On the second day of our adventure in Greece, we will begin by exploring the Athenian Acropolis. The most famous structure on the Acropolis is the Parthenon, a Christian cathedral, and the ultimate gunpowder arsenal of the Ottoman Empire.
Next, we will take a walk around the Athenian hill, visiting sites such as the Pnyx, the Hill of the Nymphs (Filopappou), and the Areopagus.
In the afternoon, we will witness the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier near the parliament and visit the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games took place.
Today, we will continue our journey to Delphi with a brief stop in the town of Arachova, known for its beautiful landscapes, clean air, and winter sports.
We will visit the Oracle of Apollo, which for 1700 years influenced the fate of the ancient world.
Next, we will pause at the Thermopylae Gorge, where one of the most important ancient battles took place…
Today, we will explore the medieval monasteries that have provided shelter to local monks for hundreds of years. Currently, six out of the original 24 monasteries are open to the public.
We will delve into Byzantine architecture and the interiors of the monasteries, then travel towards the Olympic Riviera. Ascending to 570 meters above sea level, we’ll reach the old mountain village called Old Panteleimonas, offering breathtaking views of the Olympic Riviera.
At the end of the day, we will drive to the town of Litochoro. Overnight stay in Paralia.
Historical Greece cannot be complete without Thessaloniki. We will visit the White Tower, the monument of Alexander the Great, the historic city center located along the Roman road Egnatia, the Museum of Byzantine Art, the churches of St. Demetrius and St. Sophia, Hosios David, the Rotunda, and the Galerius Walls, as well as the Thessaloniki Acropolis.
In the afternoon, we will travel to Ouranoupoli. Overnight stay.
Today, we have a cruise along the western coast of Mount Athos awaiting us. Our cruise will take us 500 meters from the shores of the territorial waters of Athos. On the peninsula, there are 20 monasteries and numerous hermitages, which we will see from the deck of the ship.
Afterward, we will return to Ouranoupoli and continue our journey towards western Greece. Overnight stay in the vicinity of the city of Ioannina, the current capital of Epirus.
We will start the day with a stroll by Lake Pamvotida at the foot of Mount Mitsikeli. Next, we will explore the city of Ioannina, founded during the Byzantine era. The city’s history intertwines the fates of Greeks, Romans, Jews, Slavs, and the Ottoman Turks.
In the afternoon, we will journey to ancient Olympia in the Peloponnese. Overnight stay.
Today, we will visit ancient Olympia. The oldest structure within the extensive archaeological site is the Temple of Hera. Meanwhile, the Temple of Zeus is a sanctuary that once housed the statue of Zeus crafted by the renowned sculptor Phidias.
In the afternoon, we will travel to Areopoli on the Mani Peninsula and then to Vathia, a town marked by bloody vendettas. We will see, among other things, the traditional homes of the Maniots, which continue to impress tourists with their massive towers and tiny windows.
We will then head to Gythio for an overnight stay.
After breakfast, we will take a stroll to the lighthouse. According to legend, it was from here that Paris and Helen set out for Troy.
Next, we will drive to the city-fortress of Monemvasia, founded in the 6th century. This unique place is set on a high rock separated from the mainland by a narrow causeway.
Towards the end of the day, we will travel to Sparta, situated at the foot of Mount Taygetos, where we will check in for the night.
After breakfast, we will head to Mystras. Located on the slopes of Mount Taygetos, the forgotten capital of the Empire is a one-of-a-kind monument of late Byzantine settlement. The medieval frescoes on the church ruins are particularly impressive.
Next, we will travel to Mycenae. Here, we will see the Mycenaean citadel, the Lion Gate, the museum, and the Tomb of Agamemnon.
In the afternoon, we will proceed to Epidaurus, where we will witness the famous theater known for its excellent acoustics. Additionally, we will explore the center of the cult of Asclepius, where various diseases were treated.
At the end of the day, we will drive to Nafplio. In the city center, we will visit Syntagma Square, where historical buildings and the Museum of Mycenaean Art are located. Check-in and overnight stay.
Departure from Athens
We hope you enjoyed historical Greece. We conclude our journey, saying goodbye to the group and heading to the airport.
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